Cathy Becker, LPC — Director of Acute Services
Cathy is the Director of Acute Services at Poplar Springs Hospital. She has been with the hospital for 4 years and has experience working with both adult and adolescents in crisis. Cathy is a Licensed Professional Counselor and graduated from Old Dominion University’s Clinical Mental Health Counseling Masters Program.
John Smith — Director of the Residential Treatment Center
John Smith joined Poplar Springs Hospital as the Residential Treatment Center Program Director early 2018. He has over 17 years of experience working as a healthcare professional with adolescents in a residential setting. He is a graduate of an MBA program with an emphasis in business. John is passionate about providing safe, high quality care for our patients. He is a great addition to our team and the perfect leader for the Residential Treatment Center.
Naharia Holt-Elliott — Director of Military and Outpatient Services
Dr. Naharia Holt-Elliott is licensed professional counselor in the state of Virginia who serves as the Director of Military and Outpatient Services at Poplar Springs Hospital. Dr. Holt-Elliott received her Doctorate of Counseling from Capella University and her Masters of Arts in Counseling from Wayland Baptist University. Prior to joining Poplar Springs in 2016, Dr. Holt-Elliott worked with active duty soldiers at the Schofield Barracks Behavioral Health Clinic in Hawaii conducting psychological and neuropsychological testing. Dr. Holt-Elliott proudly served her country for ten years in the United States Army. Dr. Holt-Elliott was born in Chicago, Illinois and enjoys taking care of her family and soldiers.
Gary Richardson — Director of Plant Operations
Gary Richard is the Director of Plant Operations, which includes Dietary, Maintenance, and EVS/Housekeeping. Gary has been at Poplar Springs for 15 years. He was raised in Charlottesville, VA. When he isn’t working, he enjoys fishing, music, traveling, and exercising.
Felecia Arbuah LPC, CSAC, NCC — Director of Clinical Services
Felecia is the Director of Clinical Services at Poplar Springs hospital. She has been with the hospital over nine years working with individuals and their families and ensuring a sound clinical product. Ms. Arbuah received an Advanced Psychology degree from Saint Mary’s university in Halifax NS, Canada. She went on to graduate with her Master’s degree from The College of William and Mary completing both the Community and Addictions counseling and Marriage and Family therapy tracks.
Ms. Arbuah has worked with regulatory agencies, she has done alcohol and drug prevention work in the community and she has vast experience serving adults and adolescents with mental illness and behavioral health concerns. Ms. Arbuah has collaborated with service providers throughout the country and she had done presentations for various populations. Ms. Arbuah is also a LPC clinical supervisor and brings expertise in substance abuse services, family therapy, crisis management, and risk assessment.
Kristen Eichert, MS — Director of Business Development
Kristen has over nine years working in the behavioral healthcare field, with five years working in Business Development for acute psych. Kristen has been the Director of Business Development at Poplar Springs Hospital since 2016. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Criminal Justice from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Master of Science in Criminal Justice from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Quian Buford, M.Ed — Director of Performance Improvement
Quian is the Director of Performance Improvement at Poplar Springs Hospital. Quian has been with the hospital for 13 years in which she has spent multiple years of experience working in the residential treatment community. Quian has served as the Admissions Director and in the role of Patient Advocate for the boys and girls residential program.
Quian has also served as a standing member on FAPT teams, and is well known within the community as a strong advocate for appropriate care for children. Quian received her bachelors of science in psychology and minor in family issues from James Madison University. She later graduated from Virginia State University with her Master’s degree in Community Counseling.
Kim Ivey — Human Resources Director
Kim Ivey has been employed with Universal Health Services for 2 years as a Human Resources Director. Having worked mostly in the areas of Healthcare for over ten years Kim is very familiar with recruitment, employee relations, staff training and development. Kim’s outgoing personality makes her very approachable by staff and she always is eager to help. Kim is very passionate about her role here at Poplar Springs and serves as one of the company facilitators for the service excellence trainings and is also head of the service excellence committee. Kim has earned her degree from Strayer University and is currently continuing her education to get her Master’s degree. Kim lives in Dinwiddie with her husband Kevin and has three children.
Jeri Harlow — Associate Administrator
Jeri Harlow joined Poplar Springs Hospital in 1980 and has worked in various capacities over the years, such as Medical Records, Substance Abuse Services, and Patient Account Representative. Her most recent role was the Business Office Director where she supervised Patient Accounting, Reception, Utilization Management, and Medical Records. In early 2018, Jeri became the Associate Administrator at Poplar Springs Hospital. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience and is passionate about helping others. Jeri was born and raised in Hopewell, VA. In her free time, she enjoys running, biking, and traveling.
Thresa Simon, M.D., MSHA — Medical Director
Board Certified in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Dr. Simon is the Medical Director for the facility and oversees all the clinical services for the hospital. In addition, Dr. Simon is part of Virginia South Psychiatric and Family Services.
Dr. Simon received her medical degree from Stanley Medical College in Madras, India. She continued her training with an internship at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Va., and her residency at the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond, Va. She also received a Master of Science in Health Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University. Dr. Simon is Board Certified in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry as well as Adult Psychiatry.
She is a member of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and the American Psychiatric Association.
Neil N. Hines, M.D.
Dr. Hines is the Clinical Director of Military Acute and Partial Hospitalization Programs at Poplar Springs Hospital. Dr. Hines received his Bachelor’s of Science degree in Molecular Biology from Hampton University and his Doctorate from Boston University School of Medicine. He completed a psychiatry internship and residency at the Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, VA. Prior to joining Poplar Springs in July 2013, Dr. Hines was the mental health division officer for the Oceana Clinic Triad of Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, VA. Dr. Hines spent one year as the head of inpatient mental health services at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, VA. Additionally, Dr. Hines deployed to Afghanistan during his active duty service, providing direct care to warriors suffering with acute combat stress reactions. He has been a Board-Certified Psychiatrist since July 2010.
C.R. Amara, M.D.
Dr. Amara is responsible for the clinical supervision of the Adolescent and Adult Acute Inpatient Programs at Poplar Springs Hospital. He received his medical degree from Kakatiya Medical College in Anghrapradesh, India. He continued his education with an internship at Detroit Macomb Hospital in Detroit, Mich., and residency at Norwich Hospital in Norwich, Conn. Dr. Amara worked as a fellow at The Institute of Living in Hartford, Conn., and New York Hospital in White Plains, N.Y. He is a Diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
Dr. Amara provides outpatient treatment at the Virginia South Psychiatric Group.
James Wooldridge, M.D.
Dr. Wooldridge provides clinical supervision of our Girls Residential Treatment Program. He received his medical degree from East Virginia School of Medicine in Norfolk, Va. Dr. Wooldridge continued his education at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Va., as a resident in Child Psychiatry.
Dr. Wooldridge is a member of the American Medical Association, American Psychiatric Association, American Academy of Children and Adolescent Psychiatric Association, and Medical Society of Virginia.
Salman Siddiqui, M.D.
Dr. Siddiqui serves as our Clinical Director of Boys Residential Treatment Program. He received his medical degree from Dow Medical College, University of Karachi, Pakistan. He continued his education as a resident at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center in Bronx, N.Y., and a fellow at University of Maryland in Baltimore, Md. He is Board Certified in Adult, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
Dr. Siddiqui is a member of the American Psychiatric Association and American Medical Association.